NGD - Waghorn Sauria S7 - Perfection

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  1. IcedCallum

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    Wenge top
    Swamp ash body
    Wenge, Maple and Bubinga neck through
    Bare Knuckle Juggernauts in Tyger finish
    Hipshot US Contour tremolo with Graphtech piezo saddles
    Schaller M6 rear locking machines.
    Dunlop Strap Locks
    Luminlay side dots
    Quilted Maple fretboard
    Carbon Fibre neck reinforcement
    Bone Nut
    24 Frets
    26" Scale
    Ebony Neck/Head binding
    Ebony Vol/Tone knobs

    It's been a long wait, but I've now had this guitar just over a week (so admittedly, not quite NGD but meh) and it outstrips my other guitars by a considerable margin, not just in playability and tone, but in craftsmanship and attention to detail. This is comparing it to my two Caparisons (one 6 string, one 7 string) and to my USA PRS Custom 24 (though sold that now), so hardly low-end, mass produced guitars. Admittedly, the Waghorn cost a fair bit more than any of these but even so, I never thought I'd encounter a guitar that plays better than my Caparisons, regardless of cost.

    This thing is superb, it looks elegant, plays beautifully and can go from filthy monster metal tones to chimey, subtle cleans with no trouble at all.

    I'm not a fan of Periphery personally, but I've loved the Juggernaut since I had one installed on my Caparison WM7, and they work brilliantly on this guitar, they're extremely versatile pickups. I am also extremely pleased with the tone-woods (something I talked with Tom Waghorn at length about), really unique and focused tone, which is wonderful. Plus the quilted maple fretboard... :|

    The build is fantastic, I said to Tom that something I liked about hand-built guitars is the small imperfections in them. Tom proved me very, very wrong with that though, it's a flawless guitar not a blemish on it. Its quite weighty, given the wood choices, but I've had it on for about 4 hours straight at a rehearsal and it sits comfortably and is immaculately balanced, so no troubles there either!

    Tom is an absolute gentleman, he's patient when answering questions, responds in a timely way and is always clear in his responses. I live just up the road from his workshop as well, so was able to place this order in person where he was happy to spend time discussing what I wanted from a guitar, and what would work, advice which he maintained throughout the build.

    If you're thinking about getting a master-built custom guitar, I'd certainly recommend getting a Waghorn. Superb instruments :hbang:

    EDIT: I forgot to mention that Tom very kindly installed a Trem-stop in the back for me, so I can block off the trem when I want, should I ever tune this thing down (it's in B standard) without wanting to leave it downtuned.

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    That looks awesome. How is the hipshot trem? I was thinking about getting it on my next build but I've had a hard time finding any reviews and/or videos of it.
     
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    The Hipshot has been great so far, seems stable and the action is smooth. Tom routed out the body a bit more under the bridge so it behaves more like a Floyd and I've gotten away with some floyd-rose-esque stuff on it and it's been fine with that!
     
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    Nice! I saw this posted to their page today. If I were to drop a big amount of money on a custom build I'd absolutely get a waghorn
     
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    Elegant ! :thumbsup:


    Congrats :)
     
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    Outstanding! Can't get enough of that top. HNGD!
     
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    narad Progressive metal and politics

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    Did he change the shape of that upper horn? Looks fantastic, but somehow just a hair more fantastic than other saurias (or is it just my imagination?)
     
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    Another one knocked right out of the park by Tom. Just amazing.
     
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    Good golly, what a beautiful guitar. Wowee.
     
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    Happy NGD! Tom makes incredible instruments.
     
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    What are the base prices like? $2000, 3000, 4000?
     
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    About £1500/1600. VERY good value in EU. My Corax came out cheaper than a brand new MusicMan JP.
     
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    Very cool! What's the neck profile like? Looks satisfyingly chunky.
     
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    Yeah base prices for the neck-thru start at £1700 and go from there. But couldn't agree more, you get a LOT of guitar for your money, the build quality is just something else on Tom's work.
     
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    It's actually based off of my Caparison WM7, a neck profile I am extremely fond of, though it has been adapted ever so slightly to make it even more comfortable for me to play.

    I've never been one for thin necks, I like them a bit chunkier ;)
     
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    DeathChord FTW

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    HNGD, that is simply stunning. I'm a huge fan of Wenge and this was done very tastefully.
     
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    Couldn't recommend Waghorn enough, not just the guitars but also Tom as a luthier and as someone to deal with. He really cares a lot about his craft and for his customers.
     
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    WOW, thats a nice axe. HNGD!

    How long did the build take? Is there a waitlist?
     
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    Thanks mate, to say I'm pleased with it is an understatement! XD

    It's a fairly long wait, I think it's been about 16/17 months from ordering to receiving the finished instrument. Worth it though!!
     
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    Classy as fvck. HNGD!
     

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